Sunday, April 5, 2009

Planning a Little Girl’s Princess Party

Having a Princess Birthday Party will allow your little girl to feel like a real princess for her special day! A princess party works well for girls pre-school to around fourth grade. (This age limit will depend on the maturity of your child and their invited guests.) A princess party is sure to be a birthday your little girl will remember the rest of her life.

As with planning any type of party, the first thing you need to do is decide on the decorations, activities, and food to compliment your theme. Use a sheet of paper and a pen and start brainstorming for ideas which will make your Princess happy. This will help you to create your shopping list and a timeline to get everything organized on time.

Just about anything goes to decorate your home for a Princess Party. Pastel colours, especially pink and purple would probably work best. Pastel steamers and balloons, along with a matching tablecloth and napkins will be perfect! You can also purchase coordinated or contrasting coloured plates and cups. You might want to decorate the Birthday Girl’s chair with streamers and balloons, similar to a baby shower chair for a Mother-to-Be.

A trip to your local Dollar or Discount store will provide you with inexpensive feather boas, tiaras, high-heels and tulle skirts in a wide variety of colours which will transform your guests’ everyday clothing into an outfit fit for a princess. (You can let them take their outfits home.) To keep your little princess feeling special, you can have all of the guests wearing the same colour and the princess wearing a different colour. If you don’t want your princesses wearing tiaras, you can have them decorate their own “cone hats” with gems, confetti, and feathers. (You can purchase all of these from a local dollar or discount store.) Once they have decorated their hats, you can staple streamers or ribbons to the top of the hat so that they flow out when they move around. (These “costume” ideas can easily be adapted to a Fairy Party also. Just add some wings!)

“Princess May I?” is a good game to play. This is the same as the traditional game “Mother May I?” Have the guest of honor be the princess playing the role of the mother.

Another activity that little girls love is having their nails and hair done! This takes a bit of time to do but if you can recruit some helpers the girls will love it!! Once they are all “done up” you could take a picture of each child with a digital camera and send their mother a copy.

Dainty little sandwiches would be a good choice of foods to serve. You can cut them into hearts, diamonds and stars with cookie cutters. The beverage could be pink lemonade served in fancy plastic glasses or in tea cups. For your cake, you can choose either be a princess (the kind with a Barbie doll in the centre) or a castle. Both options are fairly easy to make, or they can be purchased at a grocery store such as Loblaws.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Party Planning Tips for Building Your Party Timeline

Whenever you are planning a Birthday Party, one of the most important things that you can do is prepare a written "party timeline". You should also have a "master shopping list". By making and following a solid timeline, you can make sure that your party is a great success!

Here are some tips from professionals to help you to get started with your timeline:

1 To create your timeline, simply use a pen and paper and decide how long things will take you to accomplish. As you are building the timeline, start a shopping list as well.

2 You must decide on where your party or event will be and how many people will be attending before you can start to build your timeline and shopping list.

3 Once you have your location selected, you can start to build your lists.

4 Next you need to decide what type of food and drinks you will be providing and how long the party will last.

5 Along with your timeline for the actual day of the party, you will also need to have a timeline for the one or two weeks before the event. This is where you will need to allot time for cleaning, shopping, decorating, etc

6 As you start to develop a good timeline and your shopping and supplies list, you will also begin to see if there are any conflicts in your schedule. You might need to rearrange things or enlist some help.

7 Now that you have your lists generated, stick to them and make sure everything gets done.
Remember, it is perfectly acceptable to ask other people to help you with some of the work

By writing things down, you will be able to see what you need to do and about how long it will take you.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Birthday Party Ideas

More Birthday Party Planning Ideas

If you do not own any suitable table linens, but you are not interested in using the paper ones, plain colored sheets can be put to work as substitutes. Remember to place some felt or other heavy material under your table linens to protect your tables from being damaged by heat or moisture.

Arranging to have your home cleaned professionally the day before your party will save you lots of time and effort. (This works really well if you hate doing housework!) Before the party date, take a quick walk around your home and de-clutter shelves, tabletops and any other surfaces. This can also help prevent any of your treasures from getting broken during the party.

You might want to consider assigning each of your children (and your spouse) a task that will help you prepare for the birthday party. Keep an eye on them and make sure that each task gets completed. Bear in mind that your guests are not there to inspect your home - they are coming over to have a great time at your party!

If you find yourself running around doing lots of last minute chores on the day of your party, start handing out tasks to anyone who offers to help! You do not have to do everything yourself!

The key to planning a fantastic party is organization! Do the best you can, let others help you when they ask and follow these simple tips. This will ensure that you will have a great birthday party that even you as the host/hostess can enjoy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Party Planning Tips

The key to a host/hostess enjoying their own party is organization. The time you take to get organized before the event allows you to enjoy your party along with your family and friends. Here are some tips to facilitate this:

Making lists of everything you need to do and purchase for your party is the first step in preparing to throw a party. From these lists, you can easily generate a schedule which enables you to set aside time for cleaning, shopping for food and decorations, decorating, and cooking.

Will you be preparing your own food or buying it ready made? Some items, such as veggie trays, meat trays, and even cakes can be purchased inexpensively from stores for close to what you could make them for. Decide early in the planning stage if you will be making your food or buying it – you may need to order early.

Any offers of assistance from family and friends should be taken advantage of. Having each guest bring one item to share can save you a lot of time and effort. This can also provide your menu with lots more variety than if you make everything yourself!

Non-perishable items, such as the napkins, paper plates, decorations, etc can be purchased well ahead of the party date. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and pastries or breads from the bakery will need to be picked up on the last shopping day.

Just following some of the above tips will get you off to a great start on your party planning!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

This is my first post

Welcome to my blog about birthday party ideas.